Kuala Lumpur International Airport

About Kuala Lumpur Airport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (often written as KLIA and known as ‘Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur’ in Malay) is the primary international airport in Malaysia and a key airport within the entire Southeast Asia region. Kuala Lumpur Airport is a large, busy airport, handling close to 60 million passengers a year. It is the hub of Malaysia Airlines and

What facilities are at Kuala Lumpur Airport?

Kuala Lumpur International Airport has two terminals, referred to as KLIA and KLIA2, as well as a satellite building which serves arriving and departing international flights, and features a huge rainforest at its centre. The airport offers a number of amenities across its two terminals, from Baby Care Rooms to a TV Lounge.


Check-in counters at Kuala Lumpur Airport open 3 hours before your scheduled departure and will close an hour before your flight takes off. The airport offers several check-in options including Advance Check-In, where you can check your bags in as early as 8 hours before the scheduled departure; Web Check-In; Self Check-In and Mobile Check-In.


Baggage restrictions are set by the airlines so be sure to check with your Flight Centre Travel Expert or the airline directly regarding the size and weight guidelines for luggage on your flight. If you need to store any luggage at Kuala Lumpur Airport, there are storage facilities on Level 3 of the Arrival Hall in the Main Terminal Building as well as in the Satellite Building. If you would like to have your luggage wrapped before your travel, baggage wrapping is available in the Main Terminal Building on Departure Level 5.

Is there a currency exchange?

There are plenty of places to change your money at Kuala Lumpur Airport, such as Travelex stores and multiple banks. There is also an abundance of ATMs at the airport, although if you prefer to touch down with Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) in your hand, you can order and pick up your foreign currency before you leave home, at Travel Money Oz.

What are the other services and facilities?

  • Baby care room
  • Buggy
  • Charging stations
  • Children’s play area
  • Clinic
  • Muslim prayer room
  • Shower facility
  • Smoking lounge
  • TV lounge

Transport and terminal transfers

What’s the best way to get to and from Kuala Lumpur Airport?

Taxi: Kuala Lumpur Airport has two types of taxi service – metered and and airport taxi. The metered taxi service is exactly what you would expect from a traditional taxi, with an initial fee or flagfall, followed by charges according to the distance travelled. Airport taxis operate through a coupon system, which includes a choice of vehicle and then a fixed price based on your final destination. Coupons can be purchased from counters at Domestic Arrivals on Level 3 of the Main Terminal Building and International Baggage Claim, also on Level 3 of the Main Terminal Building.

Train: This is your fastest option for getting to and from Kuala Lumpur Airport and the city centre. The KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop train service between KL Sentral and KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) and has a journey time of 28 minutes. If you need to stop along the way, the other option is the transit train service which stops at Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, and Salak Tinggi. This alternative train trip only takes a little longer, at 35 minutes.

Bus: There are plenty of bus and coach options if you wish to travel this way to and from the airport. Services include an express coach to and from KLIA Sentral, as well as several services to other destinations around the Malaysian Peninsula.

Parking: If you have a car you need to park at Kuala Lumpur Airport, there are several options. The Short-Term Car Park is located next to the Main Terminal Building, and has over 5,700 bays. For longer term parking, we recommend you use the Long-Term Car Park near the Malaysia Airports Training Centre. From here, there’s a free shuttle to the airport terminals every ten minutes. Preferred Parking is also possible if you want to park a little nearer the Main Terminal Building and are willing to do so for a small fee. Valet Parking is also available.

Car rental: Several different car rental companies have service desks in the Arrivals Hall at Kuala Lumpur Airport, although if you’d like to have your car hire sorted before you arrive, you can book a hire car here.

How do I transfer between terminals?

If you need to transfer between terminals at Kuala Lumpur Airport, you’ll find the whole process quick and easy. There is a free, round-the-clock shuttle transfer service between KLIA and KLIA2. Travel time between the terminals is approximately ten minutes, with a wait time of around two minutes before the shuttle departs.


What restaurants and bars are at Kuala Lumpur Airport?

There’s a good range of eateries, cafes, fast food and restaurants at Kuala Lumpur Airport. Whether you’re looking to settle in for a relaxed restaurant meal or want to grab a quick bite to go, Kuala Lumpur Airport will have something tasty for you. You’ll find the standard international fast-food favourites as well as a host of delicious flavours from Malaysia’s unique cuisine, whether that be in the food courts or in the restaurants.

Shopping at Kuala Lumpur Airport?

Shoppers won’t be disappointed at Kuala Lumpur Airport. Luxury brands are here in abundance, from Bvlgari to Versace. There are also bookstores, toy stores, chocolate shops, fashion boutiques, jewellery stores, gift shops and more, including Duty Free retailers.

What lounges are at Kuala Lumpur Airport?

There are ten different lounges at Kuala Lumpur Airport, with two of these being Plaza Premium lounges, offering access on a pay-per-use basis. Both Plaza Premium lounges at Kuala Lumpur Airport (Plaza Premium and Plaza Premium First) are located in the Satellite Building, on Level 2.

Malaysia Airlines operates three different lounges at Kuala Lumpur Airport: the MAS Domestic Lounge, MAS Golden Lounge and MAS Regional Lounge.

MAS Golden Lounge, Satellite Building

This Business Class Golden Lounge in Kuala Lumpur Airport’s Satellite Terminal is located directly above the inter-terminal train stop, within International Departures (the Malaysia Airlines Platinum Lounge is next door). It’s open to business class and first class passengers of Malaysia Airlines and other Oneworld airlines, as well as a number of other passengers such as Qantas Gold, Platinum, Platinum One and Chairmans Lounge frequent flyers. Chat to your local Flight Centre Travel Expert if you’re not sure about your own access to the lounge. If you need to do a little work while you’re in the lounge, there are laptop benches with plenty of AC and USB ports, and comfortable seating with alternating USB and international AC ports. There are nap rooms, a dedicated children’s area, and dining options that include an extensive buffet or order something freshly made by the chef, such as wonton noodles.

Other airline lounges at Kuala Lumpur Airport include Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge, China Airlines Lounge, Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris Lounge, Thai Airways’ Royal Silk Lounge and the Emirates Lounge.


What hotels are near Kuala Lumpur Airport?

For a variety of reasons, a night or two in an airport hotel can be a great idea. Maybe you’re arriving late or have an early departure. Maybe you just want the convenience of a night at the airport en route. Talk to your local Flight Centre Travel Expert about which Kuala Lumpur Airport hotel might be right for you, or browse all Kuala Lumpur accommodation options and book your hotel now.

Sama-Sama Express KL International Airport (KLIA) Hotel

If you need to book a night or two at an airport hotel in Kuala Lumpur, you’re in luck: the airport has some great options. One is the Sama-Sama Hotel, conveniently located next to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just a 5-minute walk away via the sky-bridge. You can book a room for day use in this tranquil haven, or stay overnight. There are 80 sleek, quiet, modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and, best of all, as a hotel guest, you won’t need to clear Malaysian Customs and Immigration if you’re on a layover between flights.

Tune Hotel KLIA2

The Tune Hotel at Kuala Lumpur International Airport is another good choice. The simple, modern, neat and tidy rooms are available for day use if you want total privacy and comfort between flights, or also available for overnight stays. The hotel is just an 8-minute walk from KLIA2 Arrivals Hall, or 3 minutes via the Ekspres train. Each of the 434 air conditioned rooms includes free Wi-Fi, a flatscreen TV and rainfall showerheads in the bathroom.